Végétarisme, masculine noun (le végétarisme, but you can’t say un végétarisme or des végétarismes) = vegetarianism.
Végétarien = vegetarian, végétalien = vegan
I’ve just spent a week trying to be a good vegetarian: have you noticed it from my recipes? What set it off was a nasty picture of a sow in a farrowing crate. I have been told by someone close to me, a vet into the bargain, that although he agrees the practice should not exist, pig farmers are essentially in business to produce as many healthy piglets as possible and that these pictures are meant to be manipulative. Nevertheless, it put me off a bit. Enough to stop me eating pork all week, all meat in fact. I only cheated once with a bit of duck.
I thought I’d feel the difference. I thought I’d lose weight. Well I didn’t.
I maybe felt less “full” after meals, sometimes so much less full that I had to have a snack before going to bed, which is something I just never do. Now real vegetarians will laugh and say: what to you expect after just a week? Well, I know, I ought to keep it up a bit longer, but I don’t know if I can manage it.
Better have another quick look at that picture of the sow in the farrowing crate…